The Task That Awaits Wolfowitz

Watching America linked to an open letter to Paul Wolfowitz from a Ghanian. Of course, I don’t know anything about the projects referred to, but the letter sounds plausible. The sort of corruption it describes has been all too typical of international aid efforts:

Dear Mr. Wolfowitz:
I am writing you because I am convinced that a grant to Ghana by the World Bank meant for development has gone into the wrong pockets. Some time in July 2004, the World Bank provided $30 million grant to Asanteman Council headed by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Over 500,000 people in 1,000 communities in Asanteman and other parts of Ghana were to benefit from the grant for the provision of potable water under the


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